Armed dairy robber pleads guilty

The Tauranga man who has admitted holding up the Lenz Superette with a small pistol and his face disguised by a balaclava has been freed on bail pending sentencing in August.

Welder Brett Robert Heginbotham, 28, of Bethlehem, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated robbery in Tauranga District Court today.

Heginbotham entered the dairy just before 5pm on May 17 and demanded money but left the with only an armful of cigarettes before speeding away in a white vehicle.

Armed police arrested Heginbotham who fled in white Toyota Corolla was arrested at the Cobblestone Court Motel on Chapel Street about 30 minutes later.

Heginbotham was not a guest at the motel and occupants of the dairy were unharmed after hiding at the back of the store until he left.

Judge Peter Rollo agreed to continue Heginbotham's bail pending sentencing on August 5, taking into account that he had no prior convictions of any sort, the victims were uninjured, the contents of their victim impact statements, and also said a sentence of home detention was likely.


- Bay of Plenty Times

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